Melanie Trump’s First Lady Portrait is officially here. And people are not impressed.
ABC was the first to give everyone a peek and the response has been, well, horrendous. Most of the comments attack her for her looks, the airbrushing and her sexuality.
We’re not saying Melania is our number one gal or anything, but let’s be clear here: other than marrying the wrong dude, she has done very little wrong so far as a First Lady.
Yes, she hasn’t been living in the White House — which, understandably, upsets tax-payers, who have to pay for security in Trump Tower in New York while Barron finishes up the school year. And yes, she hasn’t exactly embraced her role of First Lady yet. And she totally ripped off Michelle Obama’s speech while on the campaign trail.
But regardless, there is no reason to attack her. Especially, for a portrait, that let’s be real, she may or may not have had any control over. Who knows whether or not she asked for the airbrushing. And even if she did, it’s still not justification to call her slut! Airbrushing is pretty much standard, and as much as it chills us to our feminist bones, it’s not an excuse to attack someone.
Some of the meaner comments on Twitter include:
@ABC Arms crossed is the worst kind of body language. And it’s always good to show diamonds that could feed a family for 5 years!
— Andrea Petrocelli (@AndreaPunksmom) April 3, 2017
— Kelly (@CoCoKelBel) April 3, 2017
@ABC Is there a naked version like her typical past photos?
— Simeo The Musician (@SimeoTheMusicia) April 3, 2017
@ABC See, girls! Escort yourself well & you too can be airbrushed trophy wife #3 to a 70-year-old toddler p*ssy-grabbing so-called President
— Tara Devlin (@REALTaraDevlin) April 3, 2017
@ABC The surgeon who did her eyes should be sued. Talk about a botched job. Sad
— M (@mrummenie) April 3, 2017
@ABC Hello did you pay that 90’s mall glamour shots enough for all that airbrushing?
— Critically Liberal (@Critical_TX) April 3, 2017
@ABC Plastic surgery doesn’t make older women look younger. It makes them look like cats.
— Tyler Savage (@savagekealii) April 3, 2017
@ABC That is also going to be Melania’s profile pic for her over 50 dating site account.
— FakeNews (@pfakenews) April 3, 2017
Not cool, people. Hate Donald Trump all you want, but until Melania does anything wrong, let’s lay off her, ok?
Not to mention that she has big shoes to fill. Regardless of politics, Michelle Obama was one of the most likable First Ladies in recent history and her advocacy for healthy eating, exercise, and education made her a White House darling. It’s been less than 100 days for Melania — can we just give her a chance before tar and feathering her?
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.